The City budget is the financial plan for the City’s General Fund for the coming year. The General Fund covers the operating divisions that provide basic City services, such as police and fire service, street and park maintenance, planning, and zoning, to name a few. Preparation of a City budget is mandated by state statute.
- Adopted City Budgets
- Annual Comprehensive Financial Reports (ACFR)
- 2023-2032 Adopted Capital Improvement Program
- 2022 Master Fee Schedule
- 2024-2025 Proposed City Budget
- 2024–2025 Proposed HRA Budget & Levy
- 2024–2033 Proposed Capital Improvement Program
The budget process matches estimated revenue with projected expenditures for that year. It also determines the General Fund Property Tax portion of the total City tax levy. The General Fund Property Tax is the primary revenue source of the General Fund. In any year, the total City tax levy also includes amounts in addition to that needed to operate the General Fund.
The 2024–2025 Budget Calendar is based on current statutory requirements.
May 2, 2023
2024-2033 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) workpapers will be given to all departments. Budget workpapers for All Funds (General, Enterprise, Vehicle Maintenance, and Special Revenue) will be given to staff.
June 9, 2023
Staff returns Proposed 2024-2025 budget workpapers and 2024-2033 CIP workpapers to Finance for all funds given out in early May.
July 6–14, 2023
Meetings with City Manager and Department / Division Heads to finalize staff’s Proposed 2023–2024 Budgets.
July 28, 2023
Proposed 2024–2025 Biennial Budget (General) to be distributed to the City Council.
Aug 3–4, 2023
Individual Meetings with Council on General Fund and Levy
Sept 13, 2023
HRA Work Session –Review HRA Budget and levy
Council/Manager Meeting – City Budget review.
Sept 7–8, 2023
Individual Meetings with Council to discuss Other Funds and 2024–2033 CIP.
Sept 12, 2023
Council/Manager Meeting – final budget review before adoption of 2024 proposed levy and budget for the City.
Sept 19, 2023
HRA adopts 2024–2025 proposed budget and 2024 levy. City Council adopts 2024 Proposed Property Tax Levy and sets date for public hearing(s) on 2024-2025 Proposed General Fund Budget and tax levy. The City consents to certify Proposed 2024 HRA Levy and budget.
Proposed Property Tax notices sent by County to all property owners in the City.
Dec 7, 2023
HRA Meeting-The HRA will consider the final 2024-2025 HRA Fund Budget and 2023 tax levy.
City Meeting-City Council will consider the final 2024-25 Biennial Budget and 2024 Tax Levy. City Council will consider consenting to the final 2024 HRA Levy and Budget.
Capital improvements are major purchases and/or construction projects that cannot be financed in one year as part of the regular budgeting process because of their expense. They include:
- street construction and reconstruction
- storm sewers
- water mains
- sanitary sewers
- purchases of large pieces of equipment, such as dump trucks and motor graders
On December 7, 2022, the City Council approved the 2023 to 2034 Capital Improvement Program.
The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) document, which is updated annually and adopted by the City Council each December, schedules these expenditures for the upcoming 10 years. It also includes proposed financing for these expenditures, such as the proceeds of General Obligation Bonds and Enterprise Fund operations.
General Obligation Bonds are a city’s primary means of borrowing money. The bonds are "serial," meaning that various amounts of principal are paid off in each year of the bond term. The term of the bonds varies with the City’s needs and the interest rate varies with market conditions at the time the bond is issued.